Ricciardo rues 'bad luck' after missing podium

By on Sunday, May 15, 2016
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Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was left to rue his misfortune after he missed out on the podium positions at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ricciardo controlled proceedings during the first two stints at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya after Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided at Turn 4.

Ricciardo used a three-stop strategy but was overhauled by two-stopping Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen, while Ferrari used the undercut to move Sebastian Vettel ahead of the Australian.

Ricciardo tried to pass Vettel for third but his attempt proved futile, while a puncture on the penultimate lap further hindered his prospects, though he was able to hang on to fourth.

"Mixed emotions today, for sure," he said.

"Some of it was just bad luck today, I was leading and then went on a three stop strategy, which meant I had to try and pass three cars on track, which isn’t easy.

"Seb had already jumped us on the pit stop, which resulted in more overtakes to get back to the front. In hindsight, a three stop strategy was the wrong thing to do, but maybe during the race it seemed like the right thing to the team.

"I wasn’t content sitting in fourth so I tried to pass Vettel, I had a crack, but it didn’t work out. It really sucks to not even be on the podium and then the puncture at the end just rubs salt in the wound."

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